002: Shut Up and Work with Joe Keatinge

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Joe Keatinge is a writer of Image, Skybound, Marvel, and DC comics with amazing titles including Glory, Tech Jacket, Marvel Knights: Hulk, Adventures of Superman and his current Hit image titles Shutter and Ringside, as well as the executive editor of the Harvey and Eisner award-winning Image comics anthology, POPGUN.

 

I am so thankful that Joe was able to sit down with me for this interview. He has such amazing advice and powerful insight that new creators can really resonate with. He encourages creators to start looking at how they go about their work, to stop worrying about the details and just start working.

 

Episode Outline

 

“The best thing I’ve done was to know when to shut up and listen and shut up and work.”

 

The Deep Dive

 

  • Creators for Creators and the importance of mentorship
  • What makes comics exciting
  • The massive potential and limitless possibility in comics
  • How to catch yourself before you get caught up in the details
  • The secret to success in comics
  • Why you should stop dreaming and start working
  • Pay attention, ask the right questions, and keep your ego in check
  • Why you need to become a determined creator rather than aspiring
  • Don’t JUST read comics, read everything
  • Are you creating for the right reasons?

 

The Quick Round

 

  • Creator or creative team in comics that Joe is enjoying right now: Mike Mignola – Hellboy in Hell | Brandon Graham – Island
  • Personal habit that contributes to Joe’s success: Always working, avoids burnout, and keeps organized
  • App/Program/Tool recommendation: Life experience and a site blocker
  • Book recommendation: Getting There: A Book of Mentors – Gillian Zoe Segal
  • What would Joe say to his past self:  Stop worrying so much and be true to yourself. Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

 

3 Major Themes

 

  • Work on your craft: If you want to be a writer the best thing you can do is write
  • Are you creating for the right reasons?
  • Don’t get caught up in the details, Shut up and work

 

“Step 1) Live

Step 2) Read

Step 3) Write

Step 4) Repeat”

 

Links and Resources Mentioned

 

Joe Keatinge’s website

Shutter

Ringside

Creators for Creators

Kieron Gillen’s article 

Hellboy in Hell – Mike Mignola

Island – Brandon Graham

Getting There: A Book of Mentors – Gillian Zoe Segal

 

Thank you for listening

 

Thank you for joining me for this episode of Comics Manifest. Any questions or feedback? Leave a message in the comments section down below.

 

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Thank you, Joe, for joining me on this episode of Comics Manifest.

 

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